Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss have split just two months after their affair was exposed.
Leviss, 28, and Sandoval, 39, caused ructions among the reality show cast when their infidelity was exposed, breaking the heart of the hunk’s girlfriend of nine-years, Ariana Madix.
But now Leviss has ‘dipped out’ of the romance – dubbed Scandoval -after deciding she has no future with Sandoval.
An insider told Page Six: ‘Raquel dipped out. Sandoval is not the one for her.’
Last month, Sandoval revealed he and Leviss hit the brakes on their sexual relationship, after their affair was exposed in March.
Over and out: Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss have split just two months after their affair was exposed
Love triangle: Leviss, 28, and Sandoval, 39, caused ructions among the reality show cast when their infidelity was exposed, breaking the heart of the hunk’s girlfriend of nine-years, Ariana Madix (pictured together in November 2022 during their affair)
The bar owner revealed they are ‘kind of taking a break’ while appearing on Howie Mandel Does Stuff’s podcast.
‘We’re not putting any label on it,’ the reality star stated.
When asked if they were still friends ‘with benefits’ by the comedian, 67, Sandoval denied they were still romantically involved.
‘Not right now,’ the rocker, who is in the cover band Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras, told listeners, after insisting he and the former pageant queen are still ‘good friends.’
As for how their relationship blossomed from platonic to intimate, Sandoval opened up about his attraction to Leviss as he and Madix, 37, drifted apart after nearly a decade together.
‘We were at my house, and I’m locked out of my house and we’re talking and we kissed,’ he recalled. ‘It was magnetic. We were moving closer and as we were talking, time went on, and we’re talking closer and closer and closer, and all of a sudden, we’re kissing. I felt something that I hadn’t felt in so long, like, emotionally.’
He went on to explain how he and Madix had begun living their own lives and the romance between them had grown stale.
‘We had been together for nine years, and obviously we had built a house and business together and everything. We were a brand. And like many relationships, it became more of a best friend/family/sometimes roommates situation,’ he explained.
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The Missouri native said their relationship overall was ‘just lacking intimacy’ and ‘connection.’
He felt that they were remaining together to ‘keep the optics up that [they] were solid’ for their reality show and other business endeavors.
‘We did have each other’s backs, for sure, and that was nice. There was a safety to it and a stability,’ he said of Madix.
Ahead of turning 40 he recalled thinking his life ‘looked very bleak’ and started thinking his ‘best years were behind.’
‘I started to lose my optimism in life and my drive. I felt like I needed to make a change to feel alive again, to feel motivated, to feel optimistic again,’ Sandoval confessed.
Before his affair, he said his ‘confidence was zapped’ and any sexual experience with him would be the equivalent to hooking up with ‘a 19-year-old’ during ‘his second time’ as he lost his ‘game.’
‘I’m not saying it’s [Ariana’s] fault, we just didn’t have that intimacy,’ Sandoval claimed.
After hearing his guest’s side, Mandel urged fans to have ’empathy and compassion’ for Sandoval, who previously said he felt like ‘one of the most hated people in America’ for betraying Madix.
‘You need to be heard because the narrative is everyone else’s but but yours,’ the America’s Got Talent judge told listeners. ‘I don’t understand the hatred and the vitriol.’
While the father-of-three stated he wasn’t ‘condoning cheating on a partner,’ he raised eyebrows for saying that the amount of backlash Sandoval has received has been perplexing.
Leviss checked into a facility for mental health treatment last month – amid the continued fallout from her affair with Sandoval.
The reality star chose to enter the voluntary facility before her fling was discovered, reports ET.
A source said: ‘Raquel and her family decided before the relationship was discovered that she would enter a voluntary facility for mental health counseling.
‘She was scheduled to go in pre-reunion but decided she wanted to finish her filming commitment. Bravo and production were aware and in support of her journey towards better mental health.
Leviss’ rep added that she was not in a facility for substance abuse issues.
Last month Leviss issued a statement in which she revealed she was analyzing her own behavior and speaking to a counselor after the affair was exposed.
She said: ‘I am reflecting on my choices, speaking to a counselor and I am learning things about myself such as my patterns of codependency and addiction to being and feeling loved.
‘I have sought emotional validation through intimate connections that are not healthy without regard for my own well-being, sometimes negatively affecting others and often prioritizing the intimate connection over my friendships. I am taking steps to understand my behavior and make healthier choices.’
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